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Title: Meaning making : psychological adjustment to breast cancer by Chinese women
Authors: Ching, SSY 
Martinson, IM
Wong, TKS
Keywords: breast
cancer
China
Chinese culture
coping and adaptation
grounded theory
nursing
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Qualitative health research, 2012, v. 22, no. 2, p. 250-262 How to cite?
Journal: Qualitative health research 
Abstract: Based on a study exploring the phenomenon of coping among Hong Kong Chinese women afflicted with breast cancer, from diagnosis to completion of treatment, we report the findings on meaning making by the informants. Using the grounded theory method, we conducted 35 interviews with 24 women suffering from breast cancer. Among them, we followed and interviewed 5 women thrice, from diagnosis to 3 months after completion of treatment. We noted the evolution of reframing as the key category in the adjustment process through which the women identified meaning at different points of time in the cancer experience, to achieve different outcomes. Chinese women identified a sustaining force from minimizing social disturbance during treatment. The integration of cancer into their lives after completion of treatment was achieved through positive transformation in their philosophy of life and social relationships. Nurses should aim to understand the cancer patients' interpretation of the situation, explore personally meaningful sustaining forces, and reflect on their cancer experience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/13193
ISSN: 1049-7323
EISSN: 1552-7557
DOI: 10.1177/1049732311421679
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